Minuteman Project founder criticizes religious orders for liberal immigration views.

ORLANDO – Since the 1980s, conservatives have aligned themselves with religion and religious organizations – the so-called Religious Right – on a wide range of political issues, from abortion to the Cold War to prayer in school.
But now the founder of a conservative group that opposes illegal immigration says organized religion is quickly becoming the problem, and getting in the way of convincing state and federal officials to enforce immigration laws.
“Religious orders have a goal to save as many souls as possible,” said Jim Gilchrist, founder of the Minuteman Project. “That’s the problem we’re having with all the major religious orders.”
His central criticism: that churches are starting to proclaim that immigrants, even those who have come here illegally, are all God’s children and should be welcomed into this country.
That, Gilchrist said, encourages lawbreaking and sends a green light to residents of foreign nations to come here illegally.
“I have no problem with them saving souls,” he said. “I think it’s great. But when they usurp U.S. law and use their influence to create laws, I have to draw the line.”
Gilchrist was a guest today on The Guetzloe Report, the daily radio program hosted by Doug Guetzloe on the Phoenix Network in downtown Orlando.
Gilchrist founded the Minuteman Project in 2004 after what he said was years of frustrating attempts to get the federal government to enforce existing immigration laws.
He also operates a Web site, http://www.minutemanproject.com/, that reports how different states, as well as Congress, are handling the immigration issue.
“Jim Gilchrist was fighting for this country long before anyone decided to get off their couch and get involved,” Guetzloe said.
Gilchrist said he was concerned about new legislation recently signed into law by the governor of Utah, a conservative state moving in a decidedly liberal direction on the issue of illegal immigration.
Utah Gov. Gary Hebert, a Republican, signed a bill to provide documents to illegal immigrants that would make them legal residents, as long as they are holding a job and have not committed serious crimes. The state’s attorney general, Mark Shurtleff, has asked the Obama administration for a waiver from federal laws that make it illegal to employ people who have entered the United State illegally.
One reason why these conservative Republicans may have moved in this direction is the influence that the Mormon Church holds in Utah, Gilchrist said.
Gilchrist said he believes the church helped sway support in the Utah legislature for the bill, and he said it’s part of a growing trend among leading religious orders calling for more lenient treatment of illegal aliens.
“Why are the religious orders doing this?” Gilchrist asked. “Well, it’s all part of a typical business plan.”
Religious orders, he said, may see immigrants – including illegals – as souls to be saved, or future members of the flock. But he said this humanitarian view could end up making a mockery of the rule of law.
“The message they give is that the law only applies to the weak, the meek, the gullible and maybe the downright stupid,” Gilchrist said. “You have religious orders interfering with the rule of law. I think that’s a violation of the separation of church and state.”
A much better solution, he said, would be for churches – and the federal government – to emphasize that immigrants would be happier making a living in their home country.
Rather than pursuing the American Dream, he said, “In Mexico, have the Mexican Dream. In Honduras, create the Honduras Dream.”
It’s unlikely churches will do this, he said, for fear of being accused of bigotry.
“None of the religious orders want to be labeled as discriminatory,” he said. “This is an ongoing battle with the religious order. I don’t want to attack religious orders. I’m a Christian myself. But I’m a Christian who believes the rule of law comes first.”

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  1. Brittanicus says:

    THE IMMIGRATION BATTLE FOR AMERICA’S SURVIVAL

    The majority of Americans don’t care which side of the world people come from to settle here, as long as they arrive legally? The Southwest has been invaded and unless the do-nothing US Government starts enforcing the 1986 Simpson/Mazzoli bill, as it was intended, we will just been washing billions of taxpayer dollars as down the eternal drain, as we have for decades. Arizona has been demonized because it places it’s honest citizens-residence first, by ethnocentralist groups and radical pilot politicians who have their own agenda to colonize this nation with the unfortunate poor. The Leftist climb on the bandwagon with pushing the racist card, because they will not examine the truth and are involved in this philosophies of world Government.; facts they will not disclose about spending taxpayer’s money and building larger government agencies so their agenda is successful. These Leftist want wide open borders, with no consideration for the taxpaying public. They can lie in the Liberal press all they want, but the truth is Americans are sick and tired of supporting the impoverished of other countries. As for religion and church doctrines. They should stay out of any political issues, especially since wars have been caused by religion through the ages.

    A letter from the promoters of corporate greed, doomed the first chance of fiscal American survival against the illegal alien occupation. The letter signified the influence of the major instigator, the US Chamber of Commerce, whom believes that discount illegal labor is an essential to our wilting economy? A Guest Worker program would alleviated this problem, if it wasn’t full of visa loopholes? We already bring into America over a million and a half a year, so exasperating the process just make citizens and authorized residents resentful and angry. This is especially true when the company bosses do not drive on congested highways, they live in gated mansions or isolated homes and have no dealings with the imported foreign crime and the crumbling neighborhoods full of poverty-stricken foreigners. For Tea Party is apposed to any form of Amnesty, which includes so-called Comprehensive Immigration Reform, Rescind the birthright citizenship law, except one parent is a citizen, Any form of Dream Act or Sanctuary City policies, until the border fence is sealed tight and controlled by at least 5.000 military presence. We just cannot subsidize the worlds poor as its threatening especially the American workers on the lower scale, the State and federal economy and unrest in this nation.

    The business industries find ways negate the tax code, but the men and women taxpayers have no such political advantages. Ordinary Americans have no special privileges and cannot attribute, but a few dollars to political campaigns. Only united voices as with the TEA PARTY can fix the hardships of all the populace, by stopping the “Tax and Spend” Liberals, who a major part of bring more illegal aliens to our shores and borders.

    Leftist -Democrats and even some Republicans opposed the advancement of the-REAL-fence and placed obstacles so the E-Verify system of catching foreign nationals, before they were hired. However, the Leftist portion of our government haven’t been able to place obstacles in the way of Secure Communities as yet? Just about every newspaper calls illegal aliens–undocumented immigrants, or other De-Facto name, when in truth they are foreign aliens and have no right to be here. The TEA Party knows this and will fight against the Liberal progressives and any other crazy scheme, thinking that Americans are not going to stop these parodies of our laws. Scrutinizing the papers today, one article accessed the growing population of Arizona. We accept high demand skilled workers, but their is no financial room for people who need public welfare. The Bloomberg E-news states When talking about the Arizona census population:

    Tests of the limits and effectiveness of immigration policies and procedures are underway in Arizona, where the Hispanic population increased 46.3 percent between 2000 and 2010 to account for 29.6 percent of the 6.4 million residents. Of course the US Census didn’t distinguish between honest Legal and illegal persons which Obama’s Leftist Czars and thought was justified. NOTHING MORE NOTHING LESS! They are illegal as they broached the sovereignty of our border. If there was any true intention to seal our border from economic migrants, including the instant birthright baby, entry would have classed as a felony. Its illogical to think that the Greatest nation on Earth, cannot control the inflow of foreign national.

    NOT ONE WORD ABOUT HOW MANY PEOPLE IN THE STATE OF ARIZONA ARE ILLEGAL? THIS MIGHT NOT IMPRESS YOU RIGHT NOW, UNTIL HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS MORE START DRAINING YOUR STATE TREASURIES THEN THE INDIVIDUAL WILL DO SOMETHING? MY GUESS WHEN WE ARE OVERWHELMED BY POPULATION GROWTH AND A SHORTAGE OF OIL, ENERGY AND WATER, PEOPLE MAY TAKE NOTICE? YOUR HOME CAN BE IN FURTHEST STATE IN THE UNION, OR ANYWHERE ELSE BUT THE PESTILENCE OF ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS WILL FOLLOW YOU THERE. NOT EVEN YOUR STATE IS EXEMPT FROM INVASION?

    All the US government has to do, is throw conniving business owners in prison, when they hire illegal aliens. Cross-Reference all documentation for person applying for welfare, seal the borders with troops and the double layer fence and amend the 14th Amendment. In addition every sponsor of family chain migration must be held accountable. Becoming a member of the Tea Party in your district will elect more positive thinking Candidates, to stop the bleeding of State treasuries, federal coffers and your rising taxes. Plain and simple-we cannot support the poor and indigent no more or we too will be sinking to a third world society.

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